“Godliness actually is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment. For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either. If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content. Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge man into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all sort of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. But flee from these things, you man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” (6:6-12)
There is a treasure trove of happiness available to people who pursue godliness and are content with what they have.
This statement: “the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil” is familiar to us. I’ve often heard it said “the root”, but my NASB says “a root” which seems more accurate. It easy to see. The drug cartel, sex trafficking industry, and most forms of slavery are all fueled by the love of money. It casts aside our commanded love for people, trampling it in the mud.
I doubt any of you are in the cartel, but we all need reminders to be content with and thankful for what we have. It’s easy to get swept up in “if onlys”, but God says true happiness is in generosity and thankfulness.
It’s after Halloween, watch the Muppet Christmas Carole. Scrooge figured it out.
What are you thankful for today?